Discovering Your Child’s Learning Style
There are a variety of learning styles that someone may use to grasp, interpret, and process information. Everyone learns differently and although they may have a main learning style, they often use a combination of them. Also, learning styles can vary over time and be dependent on the subject.
We’re going to cover three types of learning styles and their differences to help you get a better idea of the styles your child may use. Knowing your child’s learning style allows you to help them enjoy the learning process by incorporating more of their strengths to help them master concepts.
Below are three types of learning styles:
Auditory learning is when someone comprehends information best through hearing and verbal communication. Those with an auditory learning style tend to be great listeners and prefer to follow spoken directions. You may find that they problem-solve through discussions and may clarify information by repeating it aloud. They have a great memory and are often interested in music.
To support auditory learners, encourage them to:
- Read and repeat
- Record their lesson and listen back to these new concepts
- Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
- Discuss topics or problems verbally to work through them
Visual learners process information best by seeing images, maps, graphs, diagrams, examples, color coding, and videos. They tend to have vivid imaginations which can make them strong readers. They may also keep their thoughts organized by writing them down in neat notes.
To support visual leaners, encourage them to:
- Take notes when they’re learning new concepts
- Use highlighters to color code their notes
- Write down directions as they’re spoken aloud
Kinesthetic learning refers to learning through moving around or performing actions. Some of these students might learn best through a hands-on approach. These students are at their prime when they are required to do a physical activity that challenges their thinking.
To support kinesthetic learners, encourage them to:
- Take movement breaks or move around while studying
- Work on experiments and hands-on activities to learn new concepts
- Use learning materials that allow movement or touch such as plastic letters on magnet boards, math games, etc.
Despite what learning style your child practices, it is important to know that they can have multiple learning styles. Use your child’s learning style as an advantage when helping them with their assignments and progressing in school.
At Kumon, regardless of your child’s learning style we emphasize self-learning. We help foster independent, self-learners that can build confidence in their work and succeed academically.